How to convert PDF to HTML from URL asynchronously for PDF to HTML API in C# with PDF.co Web API

How to convert PDF to HTML from URL asynchronously in C# with easy ByteScout code samples to make PDF to HTML API. Step-by-step tutorial

On this page you will learn from code samples for programming in C#. PDF to HTML API in C# can be implemented with PDF.co Web API. PDF.co Web API is the Rest API that provides set of data extraction functions, tools for documents manipulation, splitting and merging of pdf files. Includes built-in OCR, images recognition, can generate and read barcodes from images, scans and pdf.

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Program.cs
      
using System; using System.IO; using System.Net; using Newtonsoft.Json.Linq; using System.Threading; // Cloud API asynchronous "PDF To HTML" job example. // Allows to avoid timeout errors when processing huge or scanned PDF documents. namespace ByteScoutWebApiExample { class Program { // The authentication key (API Key). // Get your own by registering at https://app.pdf.co/documentation/api const String API_KEY = "***********************************"; // Direct URL of source PDF file. const string SourceFileUrl = "https://bytescout-com.s3.amazonaws.com/files/demo-files/cloud-api/pdf-to-html/sample.pdf"; // Comma-separated list of page indices (or ranges) to process. Leave empty for all pages. Example: '0,2-5,7-'. const string Pages = ""; // PDF document password. Leave empty for unprotected documents. const string Password = ""; // Destination HTML file name const string DestinationFile = @".\result.html"; // Set to `true` to get simplified HTML without CSS. Default is the rich HTML keeping the document design. const bool PlainHtml = false; // Set to `true` if your document has the column layout like a newspaper. const bool ColumnLayout = false; // (!) Make asynchronous job const bool Async = true; static void Main(string[] args) { // Create standard .NET web client instance WebClient webClient = new WebClient(); // Set API Key webClient.Headers.Add("x-api-key", API_KEY); try { // Prepare URL for `PDF To HTML` API call String query = Uri.EscapeUriString(string.Format( "https://api.pdf.co/v1/pdf/convert/to/html?name={0}&password={1}&pages={2}&simple={3}&columns={4}&url={5}&async={6}", Path.GetFileName(DestinationFile), Password, Pages, PlainHtml, ColumnLayout, SourceFileUrl, Async)); // Execute request String response = webClient.DownloadString(query); // Parse JSON response JObject json = JObject.Parse(response); if (json["error"].ToObject<bool>() == false) { // Asynchronous job ID string jobId = json["jobId"].ToString(); // URL of generated HTML file that will available after the job completion string resultFileUrl = json["url"].ToString(); // Check the job status in a loop. // If you don't want to pause the main thread you can rework the code // to use a separate thread for the status checking and completion. do { string status = CheckJobStatus(jobId); // Possible statuses: "working", "failed", "aborted", "success". // Display timestamp and status (for demo purposes) Console.WriteLine(DateTime.Now.ToLongTimeString() + ": " + status); if (status == "success") { // Download HTML file webClient.DownloadFile(resultFileUrl, DestinationFile); Console.WriteLine("Generated HTML file saved as \"{0}\" file.", DestinationFile); break; } else if (status == "working") { // Pause for a few seconds Thread.Sleep(3000); } else { Console.WriteLine(status); break; } } while (true); } else { Console.WriteLine(json["message"].ToString()); } } catch (WebException e) { Console.WriteLine(e.ToString()); } webClient.Dispose(); Console.WriteLine(); Console.WriteLine("Press any key..."); Console.ReadKey(); } static string CheckJobStatus(string jobId) { using (WebClient webClient = new WebClient()) { // Set API Key webClient.Headers.Add("x-api-key", API_KEY); string url = "https://api.pdf.co/v1/job/check?jobid=" + jobId; string response = webClient.DownloadString(url); JObject json = JObject.Parse(response); return Convert.ToString(json["status"]); } } } }

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packages.config
      
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <packages> <package id="Newtonsoft.Json" version="10.0.3" targetFramework="net40" /> </packages>

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